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Title: 2020 Grand Muster - The Boxer Rebellion
Post by: River City John on July 01, 2019, 08:16:00 am
Here's an interesting cinema tidbit.

     In "55 Days At Peking", the character Major Matt Lewis, was loosely based on the real-life officer in charge of the marine guard at the U.S. Legation, then Captain, later Lieutenant General, John Twiggs Myers USMC (1871-1952). Myers was in the forefront of some of the toughest fighting in the besieged legations, wounded during the fighting on the Tartar Wall.
     Myers also later commanded the Marine Corps forces in Tangier during the Pedicaris Incident, and as such was portrayed as Captain Jerome by Steve Kanaly in the movie "The Wind and the Lion".

Two of my favorite movies of that era.
RCJ
Title: Re: 2020 Grand Muster - The Boxer Rebellion
Post by: Niederlander on July 01, 2019, 09:31:35 am
I'm going to have watch the "55 Days" movie.  I've always liked "The Wind and the Lion".
Title: Re: 2020 Grand Muster - The Boxer Rebellion
Post by: Guns Garrett on July 01, 2019, 01:24:21 pm
The double-time through the city to the palace is classic, as is the drill-field precision deployment and assault by the MarDet on the palace.
Title: Re: 2020 Grand Muster - The Boxer Rebellion
Post by: Major 2 on July 02, 2019, 05:21:55 pm
I watched 55 Days at Peking today....

I have a story about "The Wind & the Lion "

I was about 25 or 26 and working @ a studio , I was a projectionist.
I was brought in to run a Screening of  "The Wind & the Lion " for a VIP. It had not been released yet .

The film was in the can , and I had to thread up each reel and run the show. The VIP turned out to be Candice Bergen.

 One of the Projectors intermittent failed ( basically its transmission ) I had to use only one projector,  so I had to  stop and thread the next reel on the single machine  ( film was 6 reel film ).

As the  group was leaving , I shook Ms. Bergens hand and apologized , she was so sweet and gracious.  Grand Lady, I was a fan for life, and drop dead gorgeous too.
Title: Re: 2020 Grand Muster - The Boxer Rebellion
Post by: Pitspitr on July 02, 2019, 08:52:19 pm
...And I've always thought she got better looking with age too.